What to sow and plant in February

The information given below on sowing and planting is for everyone from the south of England to the north of Scotland. For more information on growing each type of vegetable refer to our comprehensive list of Growing Cards.

Growing conditions can vary dramatically across the country, and also even within a locality. If you are new to growing and are unsure about exactly what to do when, try asking other vegetable growers nearby. And be guided by the weather and soil conditions.

Parsnips

If the soil has warmed up towards the end of February then try sowing parsnips. In more exposed and northern areas it might be best to wait until March or later. ‘Avonresister’ is an early maturing variety and has very good resistance to canker.

Broad beans

These are best sown early so the plants are well grown by the time blackfly appears. These beans are very hardy and will thrive in early spring conditions.

Salad onions

White Lisbon or Purplette can be sown directly in the soil now.

Garlic

It is your last chance to plant garlic this month; choose varieties suitable for spring planting.

Shallots

An easy crop to grow. Each bulb will divide to produce a clump of 5-6 shallots. ‘Longor’ is suitable for early February sowing or try ‘Red Sun’ in March.

Sowing under cover

Hardy crops that are usually grown outdoors can be sown under cloches or in the soil beds of a greenhouse or polytunnel. They will romp ahead and give welcome fresh produce at a lean time of year:

  • Lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Radish
  • Rocket
  • Baby beetroot
  • Spinach
  • Peas (mangetout and sugar snap)
  • Turnips

Download the vegetable Growing Cards for more information on how to grow your vegetables.

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